Archive for the 'Compliance' Category

USA – New Mexico: Report: Albuquerque Police Dept (APD) guilty of Taser abuse (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: APD has a problem with the use of force against civilians, particularly tasers. The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday issued a report yesterday, devoting a full seven pages of its 46-page report to the APD’s use of Tasers. DOJ investigators pointed at numerous examples of Taser use the agency found unreasonable. […]

UK – London: Call for Met’s Taser arsenal to be fitted with video cameras (2014-02-25)

Posted on February 25 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Over the past 18 months there has been a fourfold increase in the number of times officers drew their Tasers. London Assembly Member Baroness Jenny Jones has called for the Met’s entire stock of Taser weapons to be routinely fitted with video cameras in a bid to ensure officer accountability.] MayorWatch, by […]

USA – Illinois: Suit alleges Taser, chemical spray used on epileptic in Sangamon County Jail (2014-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The use of tasers in prisons: A serious federal lawsuit filed Wednesday contends that correctional officers used chemical spray and a taser to subdue an inmate, Richard E. Haley Jr., 37, who was having an epileptic seizure. After his third seizure, guards used pepper spray (or mace) when he refused to get […]

USA – California Federal Appellate Court Ruling On Tasers May Have Local Implications (2013-12-15)

Posted on December 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a comprehensive ruling that limits the use of Tasers by police against low-level offenders who seem to pose little threat and may have mental illness. The specific case involves an emotionally disturbed individual who was shot with a Taser. He was described as […]

USA – New York State: Taser drawn during open burn investigation in Youngstown (2013-11-09)

Posted on November 9 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Surely this is inappropriate use of a taser! A police officer draws his Taser to get a man to comply with an order to stop burning a pile of leaves on Friday afternoon. The deputy said he pulled out his Taser and “painted” Cannova with the device’s guide light, in […]

CANADA – Ontario: Police Taser a man in downtown Windsor (with video) ­(2013-11-07)

Posted on November 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Video (here) shows police taser a drunk man, telling him to get on his knees and that he was under arrest for intoxication – the man continued to smoke a cigarette. After he was tasered, he screamed and dropped to the ground, where he was handcuffed.]] Windsor Star, by Craig Pearson […]

USA – Naked Man Tasered Outside Of Chicago Music Festival After Putting Rear Through Car Windshield (2013-09-01)

Posted on September 1 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Tasering people naked in public is OK, it seems: an appropriate hand-off technique. When police arrived they found a 22-year-old Massachusetts man naked, sitting in a puddle of water. They were responding to a report of a naked man who broke a windshield, and of a naked man jumping on top […]

USA – Miami, Florida: ‘To Avoid Physical Incident,’ Cops Taser and Kill Teenage Graffiti Artist (2013-08-08)

Posted on August 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Israel Hernandez-Llach, 17-years-old, was already an award-winning artist, on the threshold of acclaim in Miami Beach art circles. It was while spray-painting a shuttered McDonald’s early Tuesday morning that Hernandez-Llach was chased down by Miami Beach police and shot in the chest with a Taser. He later died. Friends and family […]

UK – Weakened Taser Guidance Permits Use as Compliance Tool as Safety Research Questioned (2013-07-08)

Posted on July 21 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A blog raises question over a lack of research into its effects on public health and ambiguous guidance on its use. Tasers were first trialled in the UK with firearms officers in 2003 before being rolled out across the country to police in 2008. A member of the Law Society’s Human […]

USA –Pennsylvania Man hit by Taser in custody of Millvale police speaks out – He may have been shocked 20 times (2013-03-09)

Posted on March 9 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: Handcuffed Thomas Jason Smith, 27, who has mental health issues, was drive-stunned in the left shoulder and shot with darts in the lower back. He received up to 20 taser discharges. Mr. Smith “had become violent, hitting his head off of the jail cell wall.” He then “tried to go after and […]

AUSTRALIA – “Deadly weapons: We must ban Tasers” (2012-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Ther Australian “Green Left” comes out strong;ly against the use of tasers, flowing the 18 March death of Roberto Laudisio Curti. The teaser5 is not “non-lethal” and the evidence indicates police do not use Tasers as an alternative to deadly force, since gun use does not decline with the introduction of tasers. […]

AUSTRALIA – Greeens: “Deadly weapons – We must ban Tasers” (2012-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2012 by admin

USA – Galveston, Texas: Man dies 2 days after being shocked by a Taser (2012-02-29)

Posted on February 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : 34-yr-old Raymond Allen Jr. died 48 hours after he was tasered and hogtied by Galveston police. He was clearly agitated prior to the incident. He had been taken to hospital where he was “unresponsive”, said his father. “He was tasered from what I hear, two to three times and hog tied” […]

USA – Powder Springs, Georgia: officer reprimanded in Taser incident [tasering twice a handcuffed black driver at traffic stop] (2012-02-24)

Posted on February 24 2012 by admin


ANALYSIS / USA : Poughkeepsie, N.Y. : Neswpaper conducts detailed analysis of taser use (2012-02-20)

Posted on February 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A series of four carefully-researched articles in the Poughkeepsie Journal based on data – 467 Taser use reports from 19 local police agencies – obtained through the Freedom of Information Law shows systematic taser abuse by police officers: (1) Blacks are targeted much more often than their numbers in communities would predict; […]

USA – Tampa Bay, Florida: Experts say trooper’s use of Taser on woman raises questions (2012-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : When the Taser’s prongs hit her back, 20-yr-old Danielle Maudsley, who was handcuffed, spun backward and smacked her head on the pavement. She was tasered from a few feet away. She clutched her head and struggled to rise. “I can’t get up,” she moaned, her final words. She has been in […]

USA – Pensacola, Florida: Collision with the law, [2009: cyclist tasered then driven over by police car and died] Cop crashes leave devastated families (2012-02-12)

Posted on February 12 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Victor Steen was riding a bicycle in 2009 when a Pensacola police officer tried to pull him over. The 17-year-old didn’t stop, so Officer Jerald Ard shot him with a Taser from his moving patrol car. When Victor fell to the ground, the patrol car ran over him and dragged him more […]

USA – Cumberland County, North Carolina: Sheriff’s deputies use Taser on woman blocking McDonald’s drive-through (2012-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A typical case of the taser used for compliance: a woman jumps the line-up at a McDonald’s drive-in. She refuses to wait in line. Staff call the police, she still refuses (no violence on her part). After 20 minutes of refusing: … “Two or three officers entered the car with her […]

USA – San Antonio, Texas: Tagging suspect hit with taser, 2 arrested (2012-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2012 by admin


USA – Barling, Arkansas: Passenger Gets $1 After Excessive Cop Tasering (2012-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “No justice for the victims!” A federal judge gives an Arkansas car passenger, Derrol Dee Kirby III, just $1 award after he was tasered by cops, even though he committed no crime and was hit by two tasers while he was handcuffed.  Note: he was the passenger, not the driver. Kirby had […]